is that a nomination that the white house knew would be really bumpy, is really uncertain at this hour. but i can report from jessica yellin that hagel has no intention of withdrawing his nomination. >> and dana, you'll remember, hagel during his confirmation hearing, he was widely criticized for offering a very poor performance. is that playing into this at all? or are they just using this as an opportunity for a completely different issue? >> reporter: that's a very good question, kate. because you know that when there are former members of the club, the senate, like john kerry, who sailed through, because he had a lot of support here, and had a lot of deep friendships. john hagel -- chuck hagel, rather, doesn't have that. he doesn't have the support, obviously, of his former fellow republican colleagues and tepid support, i think, from many democrats who are trying to do what they think is right for the president, but were very shocked and not very happy about his performance at that hearing. >> we're waiting and watching and seeing if this confirmation will be held up and how long. dana bash on capitol hill.